Kenji Kamiyama, director of GITS: SAC and Seirei no Moribito is venturing into the world of Ishimori by doing another Cyborg 009 series. Always been a fan of Kamiyama’s work, I would’ve preferred the 2D Ishimori in 3D models than going with the realistic cel-shaded feel. Definitely looking forward to it!
If you live in the LA area and have nothing to do tomorrow afternoon (9/17/2011). The Burbank Film Festival is showing the new FMA movie @1pm. Get your tickets here.
Here’s the MechaGodzilla commercial.
I had the chance to visit Disney Sea on my last trip to Japan. We were all surprised by how creative, beautiful and charming it was. Imagine taking the best parts of the Disney Parks and then adding exclusive rides that exist nowhere else. That would be Disney Sea. The attention to detail and care to the parks rides and attractions were simply amazing.
The park is separated into several different lands. The first one we went to was Mysterious Island. Based on the Jules Verne novel of the same name. This land had two great rides Journey to the Center of the Earth and 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea.
Journey to the Center of the Earth:
Sausage Gyoza Bun:
Uhhh, well I just crapped my pants.
How did this come out last month without me noticing! Totally fail on my part. Released on June 18th, 2011, Towa no Quon (トワのクオン） is a 6-part anime movie series in Japan by Bones. It was directed and planned by the late Umanosuke Iida who was known for Hellsing and worked on a bunch of action shows.
From the website, I was reading the synopsis of the first episode and this is what I got from it:
“In the near future of Tokyo-There are young men and women awakening with supernatural powers called Bestia’s. Consumed by this power, the Bestia’s are running rampant. Those who know about the Bestia’s are secretly capturing them with a cyborg force under the organization Coustous (?).
One night, while Yuma, a Bestia boy, is being cornered, a Bestia-like beast appears and takes him away. That beast is called Insania, for some time now Coustous has been targeting this mysterious Bestia.
The next morning, Yuma wakes up to find himself in Phantasium Garden, a safe haven for Bestia’s like himself. And that’s where Yuma meets Quon…”
I really hope this comes overseas. It’s been a while since I was this excited about an anime. The 6 part mini-movie series aspect of Towa no Quon fascinates me since we’re so use to live-action trilogies. Seems like it’s a trend that may start happening more with Kara no Kyoukai and the new Evangelion Movies.
Here’s short staff list I got from ANN:
- The human designs and EP01 animation director by Toshihiro Kawamoto.
- Bestia designs by Kenji Mizuhata
- Music by Kenji Kawai
- Action supervision by Yutaka Nakamura
You can totally see Nakamura-san’s part in the 7 minute preview. It’s good to see his involvement in the animation as he might be one of the best action animators/directors around. The part where Insania throws a piece of metal hitting the helicopter feels very Nakamura-esque. That sequence in particular; I felt was fast, dynamic and full of kinetic energy making it my favorite part of the preview.
Ran into the Gainax top page illustration this weekend and found this masterpiece. Done by the awesome artist Yoshinari You. Yoshinari-san commented:
“All the lead Gainax human-type robot gathering together.”
Really looking forward to seeing this at Anime Expo this year! Onigamiden is directed Hirotsugu Kawasaki-san. He was the man behind Spriggan, one of 4°C best and earliest movies! The animation looks amazing and I love the unique look of the characters. It’s good to see designs that gravitate away from the typical Japanese look. Also, Studio Pierrot is producing which means that animation throughout should be solid since it’s a feature.
If you get a chance to be at A/X on Friday, here’s the info:
Friday, July 1st 2011
LACC Concourse Hall
Well well well, what do you we have here? It’s the a Thundercats commercial for Cartoon Network! I thought they did a pretty good job using flash to animate the characters.
On my last trip to Japan, I had a chance to check out the limited pop-up of the One Piece restaurant based on the popular Japanese manga by Eichiro Oda. I got wind of it from a past Topless Robot link and being a HUGE fan of One Piece decided to make it a destination to go when I was there. It was actually kind of hard to get there and the process to go was very typical “Japanese” involving kiosk, reservations and limited amount of seating. But you bite your lip and suck it up since this was a One Piece event!
To eat at the One Piece restaurant you had to book reservations in advance. Like all special Japanese events seating was limited. Apologies in the advanced all pictures were shot on my Iphone.
It seems like they were raffling off this giant-sized chopper.
I forgot whether or not they served beer. Either way the taps were awesome!
Stuff on the menu:
A mugiwara (strawhat) omlette!
During the time the I was there, Luffy and the gang would make brief interactive voice appearances to talk to the patrons. Chopper voice would later come out to play paper-rock-scissor with the guest and the winner got a prize.
This is what I feasted on:
Going Merry parfait- ice cream with a big piece of toast and blue jello.
All Blue drink- it was some soda concoction with blue jello.
Chicken leg- with the Mugiwara pirate symbol branded on it.
Boba ice tea- the boba was suppose to imitate the rumble balls.
During the time there, everyone had the opportunity to walk around and take pictures. All in all it was pretty fun, too bad like all things in Japan it was only there for a limited time. By the time of this posting the restaurant is probably gone now. It’s sad that these kind of events come and go so quickly, especially since being overseas your timing has to be just right. Sigh* Thus is the way of pop-ups I suppose.
Ran in to a friend last week from IDA and told me about this. The episode is up for two weeks for free! Please spread the news so that another one can get made! There’s always something satisfying watching bunny rabbits sniping other lovably animals.